Analysis of the Museums for America Program (1996-2013)

The Museums for America Program (MFA) strengthens the ability of an individual museum to serve its public and community. MFA has three major project categories with which applicants can align their projects: Learning Experiences, Community Anchors, and Collections Stewardship. More information about MFA can be found here.

The descriptive statistical analysis shown here is based on IMLS administrative discretionary grant data. The analysis performed is for the life of MFA for fiscal years 1996-2013.

Figure 1: MFA Funds Dispersed vs. Requested (FY 1996-2013)

The blue line in figure one shows the total dollar amount requested by the MFA program for each fiscal year. The orange line in figure one shows the total dollar amount dispersed by the MFA program for each fiscal year.

Figure 2: MFA Awards Made (FY 1996-2013)

The orange columns in figure two represent the number of unsuccessful applications (e.g. those not selected for funding) while the blue columns represent successful applications (e.g. those selected for funding).

The map below (Figure 3) shows the location of MFA awardees. As the map demonstrates, most awardees are located in major metro areas. Click the link in the lower right hand corner to explore in more detail.